Sushma Swaraj did not disappear from Bellary after her defeat. She visited the city for many consecutive years on the occasion of the Varamahalakshmi Puja which she celebrated with the Reddy family.
At Nilakkal, we saw a crowd shouting slogans, police standing by. A reporter from a Kerala channel called me aside. "Take off the press stickers from your car," he advised. "And the logo from your mike. And best not to go that side," he added - indicating the crowd.
Dark, bright eyes. Such a contrast to that shock of short, white hair. A lean frameburning with an intense energy. Gauri Lankesh was vital, she was alive. Last night, she was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru.
The vital stats are now front-page news: 50,000 guests, 3,000 security guards and bouncers, a venue that covered 30 acres and included multiple Bollywood-type sets.
It is unreal to think that I met someone who has been declared a saint!
Bengaluru after a night of non-stop rain. It looked as if the city was drowning.
VS Achutanandan started his union work early. He was still in his teens, working in a coir factory, when he began organising workers. With very little formal education, it was his ability to connect with the people that saw him rise through the party ranks. He is outspoken and has offended and been chastised by his party over the years. And his reported bad blood with...
I was asked to wait inside the house with the kindness often shown to strangers, particularly women reporters, in a small town.
As part of our work in the field of journalism, we sometimes come across people who inspire us. The Rajan family of Bengaluru is one such example. The family braved enormous odds - with two children who had special needs. Roshan and Ritvik were born blind, and Ritvik was also autistic.
So often, the phrase "Behaved like an animal" is used to denote wild, brutal, cruel behaviour. There is only one animal that acts with malice and inflicts pain for no reason - and that is the human.
I was smiling on the way to work on a Monday. That too while travelling through Bengaluru's notorious traffic. That is not something that happens to people very often - but I did feel quite cheery, while travelling through Jayanagar in the south of the city.
The judge arrived - and in a matter of seconds it was over.
Over the years as a television journalist, I have been asked several times which stories have left most impact on me. There have been big news stories - the devastating Tsunami, the kidnaps and murders committed by Veerappan, violent clashes over the river Cauvery, air crashes, the turmoil of elections, floods and droughts.